R Street Galleries’ Shows This Weekend

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Image courtesy of Arthouse on R.

Reflection is always in order when we are in a new year, and nothing inspires reflection quite like staring at artwork.

You can indulge in this very human activity starting Saturday, Jan. 8, at Arthouse on R Gallery & Studios (1021 R St.) as it unveils “Form and Shadows” in its main gallery. At 5 p.m., the exhibit’s opening reception provides visitors a chance to meet artists Max Barrett and Aurora Dalske.

“Form and Shadows” runs through Feb. 8.

Arthouse describes Barrett thus: “Originally a reportage photographer, over the last several years Max has focused on refining his skills in studio and portrait photography. In ‘Form and Shadows,’ Max blends his photography skills with his love for the human form.  While emphasizing the form of the human body, Max highlights the beauty and sensuality on the surface of the subject in front of the lens.”

Dalske, the gallery reports, “works in multiple mediums including collage, sculpture, bookmaking and print making.  Collage and sculpture are both well represented in the coyotes Aurora showcases in ‘Form and Shadows.’ ”

For more information about Arthouse on R, visit its website.

Downstairs of Arthouse on R is Sparrow Gallery, which also has an opening reception at 5 p.m. this coming Saturday. “Spaces, Places & Time” consists of works by oil painter Maxine Solomon.

“Solomon uses both additive and subtractive processes to create a heavily textured and tortured surface, often obliterating and sometimes delineating the subject matter,” Sparrow says. “The resulting canvases sometimes contain as many as 30 layers of paint. Her images are drawn from her experiences working and traveling throughout the world.”

For more information about Sparrow Gallery, visit its website.